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Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy Are Coming – Gee Whiskers! Leapin’ Lizards!

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“Annie” the classic, all-ages story based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip is coming to Franklin Park Visual & Performing Arts Center December 13-22 (Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.).

The play – as charming as the original comic strip, which came on the scene in 1924 – is a cultural icon. It follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Annie, abandoned by her parents in front of a 1930s orphanage in New York City.

Known for her positive personality – and her sunny and upbeat phrases “Gee Whiskers!” and “Leaping Lizards!” – Annie’s story is interesting in that the comic strip’s author used his main character to express his opinions on the politics of the day, weaving in plotlines having to do with communism, the Great Depression, the New Deal and others. Annie combats what Grey saw as the negative forces of his times, while helping others to do the same. … Continue Reading

First Year for Middleburg Film Festival

November 6, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on First Year for Middleburg Film Festival
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Festival founder Sheila Johnson welcomed thousands of guests to the first Middleburg Film Festival October 24-27.

Festival Executive Director Susan Koch noted that “from the very beginning, our primary objective has been to create a small, but carefully curated, slate of outstanding films – as well as foster an intimate and accessible festival experience.”

The festival included films such as “August: Osage County,” “The Best Offer,” “The Butterfly’s Dream,” “Capital,” “Child’s Pose,” “Gloria,” “Like Father, Like Son,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Nebraska” “One Chance,” “Philomena” and “Le Week-End.” … Continue Reading

Bluegrass Concert at the Old School House

The Lucketts Bluegrass Concert Series continues its 40th season of weekly concerts at the Lucketts Community Center on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Nothin’ Fancy. Tickets are $15 at the door, show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lucketts’ famous hot dogs, barbeque sandwiches plus other snacks and drinks will be available at the kitchen.

NOTHIN’ FANCY ~ are five time winners of the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBMGA) “Entertaining Group of the Year” (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013). If that is not enough, The band has also been nominated for SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year and each band member has been nominated for individual awards as well. Their strong vocals, powerful instrumentation, and energetic stage presence, coupled with their friendly down-to-earth charm, keep people coming back for more. … Continue Reading

The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”

October 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The I.IV.V’s, “Buried Alive In The Blues”
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The promotional message on this band’s business card reads: “Blues that make you move.” And they rightly do. Their music, described as Chicago style blues, is tight and flowing, smooth, rhythmic and highly refined, with each instrument blending perfectly into the other while rendering a sound all its own. Listening to it, you do want to dance, take a slow spin, open your ears to the meaning of the song, even if it is with yourself.

But, it’s a verse in one of the first songs to be played by the band at this year’s Bluemont Fair that had me nodding and thinking to myself, “That’s it – absolutely, that’s what defines this band.” “Buried alive in the blues … “ is how the line goes. Buried alive without a care in the world, immersed in your music and where it takes you, oblivious to everything around. Captive of the feeling. That’s how I felt watching “Chopper” sing, a man lost in his music even as he engaged a chatty, freewheeling audience of children and adults, couples and teenagers hanging out on a perfectly beautiful late September afternoon in rural, Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel

July 30, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Loudoun Lyric Opera Auditions for Hansel and Gretel
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Englebert Humperdinck’s delightful family opera, Hansel & Gretel, is set for production December 6-15, and auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 by appointment from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 West Market St., Leesburg.

Children should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing one song in English as well as to learn some new music during the audition. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals begin September 29th. To schedule an audition or for more information, e-mail admin@loudounlyricopera.com.

Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

April 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Dancin’ Unlimited Goes Broadway and Beyond

Franklin Park Arts Center Hosts a Jazz Dance Extravaganza

Experience the power, passion, and precision of live jazz dance. Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company will perform Dancin’ on Broadway and Beyond, a Broadway showcase tribute, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. On Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m., audiences will experience the thrill of Broadway smash-hit numbers, a jazz dance extravaganza of musical theatre and contemporary concert jazz dance.

Leave the prosceniums and drop curtains in Manhattan; Dancin’ Unlimited, directed by Northern Virginia jazz dance icon Marilyn York, brings the best of Broadway to the small theatre setting. The show is packed with signature songs and dance pieces from A Chorus Line, Fosse, and Pajama Game, with medleys of Sinatra songs and the recent movie musical Burlesque.

“We will take you on a jazz dance journey through dance styles that made Broadway famous,” says York. Dancin’ Unlimited’s motto is “Jazz Dance with Class.” They hold true to classical technique and clean lines with the exuberance to light up Broadway to boot. The program is family friendly, great for jazz dance enthusiasts of all ages.

Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Jeff Hall – Sculpture As a Measure of a Well Pursued Life
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“I just want to do exciting work.”

That’s a quote from Lovettsville sculptor Jeffrey Hall. A true artist who earnestly juggles the need to make a living with the joyful talent inside that knows it can produce magnificent work, and wants to share it with the world.

Walk into Jeff’s enormous 19th century barn turned studio and you are overwhelmed with both the size and the scope of what he has produced. A huge cast bronze sundial piece depicting a man, representing the sun, shielding a woman, representing the moon. A quiet, reflective clay bust of a beloved diplomat – preparation for a formal statue that this fall will grace an embassy in Washington DC. A dramatic Lucite and brass piece that reveals multiple figures and reflections as it slowly rotates on a turntable. … Continue Reading

Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26

April 3, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Al Petteway and Amy White Coming to Franklin Park on April 26
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Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Beyond the sheer talent of both Al and Amy, audiences love the diversity of instruments they play, their warm stage presence and the multi-media show, ”Land of the Sky” in which they combine live music with projections of their nature photography of the Southern Appalachians. … Continue Reading

An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

March 18, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on An Evening with Buddy Holly Featuring Robbie Limon

Robbie Limon brings his stage and music presentation of “An Evening with Buddy Holly” to the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville on Saturday, March 23 , at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and & &17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org

Spend the evening with Buddy Holly as he rehearses his band for the 1958 Winter Dance Party tour of mid-western States. This show features over 20 songs recorded during 1956-1958 and all are performed live and ‘in-person’. You can ask questions about Buddy’s career, his music, and his future. This unique format for a stage play is certain to give an inside look at a life that has been described as eighteen months of fame and generations of influence. … Continue Reading

Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel

March 5, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Watermelon Park – A River and Country Music Jewel
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With both cool serenity and a penchant for water and musical fun, the 26-acre Watermelon Park, located on the banks of the beautiful Shenandoah River about 10 miles west of Purcellville, has something for everyone – from the child eager to take her first river-tubing trip, to the country music lover who longs for the days of Patsy Cline.

The park bills itself as “Family Owned and Operated Since 1939.” And, in this case, that old-timey notion of a business that started out doing things the right way, and has never stopped doing it, is absolutely true to fact. Today’s Watermelon Park is owned and operated by John U. Miller Jr. and Family. “Junior” as most folks know him, grew up and still resides in the old stone house which sits upon the hilltop overlooking the park. … Continue Reading

From Broadway to Blue Ridge – CATS Is Coming to Middle School

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After a hugely successful 18-year run on Broadway, CATS, the musical based on T.S.Eliot’s book of light verse, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, will be making its next stop on the stage of Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville. This feline adventure, full off incredible choreography and amazing vocals is not attempted by many high schools, and only a handful of middle schools around the country. Dolly Stevens, director, is very excited to take on this elaborate musical production. … Continue Reading

Last Call for Artists

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Last Call for Artists

Visual artists can apply online now for the 8th annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, scheduled for June 22-23. The application deadline is Friday, February 1, no exceptions.

Loudoun artists working in all fine art media may apply to this juried event. Those selected will open their studios to the public for two full days, exposing their work to visitors from the metropolitan region. Last year’s tour brought over a thousand visitors into 50 studios, allowing artists to connect with a targeted audience to increase their visibility and sales.

Professional and emerging visual artists whose studios in Western Loudoun County meet specified criteria may apply as Studio Artists. Loudoun artists who do not have a western Loudoun studio suitable for visitors may apply as Guest Artists. Two- or three-dimensional work will be considered, including painting, drawing, fiber art, wood, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and jewelry. … Continue Reading

Take Two Comes to Town

January 2, 2013 Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on Take Two Comes to Town

Take Two? It’s a first! Two Loudoun leading ladies and local directors, Karlah Hamilton Louis and Dolly Stevens will showcase songs from their professional careers and double the fun by performing both January 11 and 12.

From “Another Op’nin’ to “So Long Dearie,” the show is packed with songs from Annie to Chicago to Mame and tied together with a humorous storyline about two dueling divas who show up to audition for the leading lady role. Each tries to convince the casting director that she is best for the part. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Pearl Harbor

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By Nicholas Reid Seventy-five years ago this December 7, to quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” It will have been 75 …

Early Returns: How U.S. Markets Reacted to the Presidential Election

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On November 8, 2016, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won a closely contested election for president of the United States. Late on election night, when it became evident that Trump was likely to win, despite consistently trailing in the polls, …

America: Worthy of Our Trust

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel My friend and I sit in a bar near our office. He is upset, bags under his eyes due to lack of sleep. Thursday, our weekly night to meet is usually a happy hour filled with intellectual …

South Riding

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I should have known that this one would take me far from my contemplative, Zen-inspired comfort zone; after I’d traversed more construction projects than I wanted to tally, competed with hurried, coffee-driven commuters with no time for mere existence, and …

Support Group Help Needed

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Dr. Mike, My son was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, and his pediatrician at that time recommended we try a social skills group for his “immaturity” and “impulsivity.” We did that, and our experience was horrible. The kids in …

The State of Corals

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(Presented to the Board of Supervisors December 6, 2016) “Events as severe as the 1998 event, the worst on record, are likely to become commonplace within 20 years.” – Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999 [4] Tony Noerpel

Reply to Nicholas Reid – What is Science

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“The word “cult” has always been controversial because it is (in a pejorative sense) considered a subjective term, used as an ad hominem attack against groups with differing doctrines or practices, which lacks a clear or consistent definition.” “[Dogma] is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Holiday Open House

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December 4, 2016

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Barrel Tasting Event Saturday

December 11, 2016

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Fad Keeps Growing

30 Nov 2016

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Since 2012, the Re-Love It consignment shop, at 138 N. 21st Street in Purcellville, has developed the reputation as the place to get your Ugly Christmas Sweater in the Metro D.C. area. In that time, Re-Love It has sold more than 3,000 vintage Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

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‘The Giver’ Comes To Franklin Park Arts Center

30 Nov 2016

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Geronimo Production Company’s Premier Show Geronimo Production Company is bringing another sort of Christmas play to Loudoun County. The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s YA dystopian classic, will be premiering at Franklin Park Arts Center on December 8-11. “This show is perfect for Christmastime,” director Keaghan Wier said. “It focuses on displaying the value of family, love, and joy…. These …

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What Is Special To You about the Holidays?

30 Nov 2016

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By Amanda Clark Henry Carlson – Purcellville “For me, the holidays are about celebrating the connection you’ve got with your kin, listening to 50’s music, and staying warm!”

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

It’s Our Right

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On December 6, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on a “Minor Special Exception” proposal we submitted earlier this year concerning our Catesby Farm property. Unfortunately, our limited …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall

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The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Sports

Accepting Applications for Sports League Funding

30 Nov 2016

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Purcellville is accepting applications from local organizations for its annual sports league funding program. Organizations must serve the Town of Purcellville area, have citizens of the Town of Purcellville as players, and provide a letter to the Town from the IRS confirming the organization’s tax exempt status in order to …

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Woodgrove High Student Will Pursue Track and Field at George Mason

30 Nov 2016

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Puneet Kaur of Woodgrove High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her track and field career at George Mason University. Kaur has held the school record in shot put since her sophomore year and is looking to throw shotput, hammer, discus and maybe even the javelin …

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